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$289+ Cheap flights to Cairns

This is the cheapest one-way flight price found by a Cheapflights user in the last 72 hours by searching for a flight departing on 2/9. Fares are subject to change and may not be available on all flights or dates of travel. Click the price to replicate the search for this deal.
RDU — CNS
17 Jul — 24 Jul1
1 adult
Wed 17/7
Wed 24/7

Flights to Cairns in 2024

Find the latest flights to Cairns in 2024, with up-to-date prices and availability. In the last 7 days, Cheapflights users made a total of 127,162 searches and data was last updated on 12 July 2024.

Popular in

December

Cheapest in

May

Average price

$1,027

Return from

$768

One-way from

$289
High demand for flights, 5% potential price rise
Best time to find cheap flights, 1% potential price drop
Average for return flights in July 2024
From Auckland Intl to Cairns
One-way flight from Auckland Intl (AKL) to Cairns (CNS)

Cheap flights to Cairns in July & August 2024

Discover affordable flights and deals to Cairns in July and August 2024. In the last 7 days, Cheapflights users made a total of 127,162 searches and data was last updated on 12 July 2024.
The below flights offer some of the lowest fares to Cairns in July and August 2024. If these deals fall outside of your budget, be sure to come back soon as prices update often.
Fri 2/820:00AKL - CNS
1 stop18h 40mQantas Airways
Sun 11/820:30CNS - AKL
1 stop15h 50mQantas Airways
Deal found 10/7$766
Wed 24/706:15AKL - CNS
1 stop17h 05mQantas Airways
Mon 29/720:30CNS - AKL
1 stop15h 50mQantas Airways
Deal found 11/7$768
Wed 7/813:05AKL - CNS
1 stop10h 15mJetstar
Wed 14/809:45CNS - AKL
1 stop11h 20mJetstar
Deal found 10/7$776
Wed 24/713:05AKL - CNS
1 stop10h 15mMultiple Airlines
Mon 29/713:00CNS - AKL
Nonstop4h 40mMultiple Airlines
Deal found 11/7$797
Fri 2/822:30AKL - CNS
2 stops26h 20mJetstar
Sun 11/806:00CNS - AKL
1 stop13h 20mJetstar
Deal found 10/7$818
Thu 18/707:00AKL - CNS
1 stop13h 30mJetstar
Thu 25/707:00CNS - AKL
1 stop15h 25mJetstar
Deal found 11/7$833
Tue 6/807:00AKL - CNS
1 stop12h 40mJetstar
Tue 27/818:55CNS - AKL
1 stop17h 15mJetstar
Deal found 10/7$863
Thu 18/707:00AKL - CNS
1 stop13h 30mJetstar
Fri 26/706:00CNS - AKL
1 stop13h 20mJetstar
Deal found 10/7$882
Wed 24/713:05AKL - CNS
1 stop21h 20mJetstar
Mon 29/712:15CNS - AKL
2 stops17h 20mJetstar
Deal found 11/7$884

Cairns 2024 flight deals

Explore flight deals for Cairns in 2024, offering the best prices and options to suit your preferences. In the last 7 days, Cheapflights users made a total of 127,162 searches and data were last updated on 12 July 2024.
Check out some of the best flight deals to Cairns in 2024. If these deals don't appeal to you, be sure to come back soon for more options.
Wed 24/706:15AKL - CNS
1 stop17h 05mQantas Airways
Mon 29/720:30CNS - AKL
1 stop15h 50mQantas Airways
Deal found 11/7$768
Wed 24/713:05AKL - CNS
1 stop10h 15mMultiple Airlines
Mon 29/713:00CNS - AKL
Nonstop4h 40mMultiple Airlines
Deal found 11/7$797
Sat 19/1006:15AKL - CNS
1 stop10h 15mMultiple Airlines
Sat 26/1013:50CNS - AKL
1 stop20h 00mMultiple Airlines
Deal found 11/7$810
Thu 18/707:00AKL - CNS
1 stop13h 30mJetstar
Thu 25/707:00CNS - AKL
1 stop15h 25mJetstar
Deal found 11/7$833
Thu 18/707:00AKL - CNS
1 stop13h 30mJetstar
Fri 26/706:00CNS - AKL
1 stop13h 20mJetstar
Deal found 11/7$882
Wed 24/713:05AKL - CNS
1 stop21h 20mJetstar
Mon 29/712:15CNS - AKL
2 stops17h 20mJetstar
Deal found 11/7$884
Thu 18/707:00AKL - CNS
1 stop13h 30mJetstar
Thu 25/709:45CNS - AKL
2 stops22h 10mJetstar
Deal found 11/7$950
Sat 19/1014:05AKL - CNS
1 stop10h 15mMultiple Airlines
Sat 26/1010:55CNS - AKL
Nonstop4h 40mMultiple Airlines
Deal found 11/7$951
Sat 19/1014:05AKL - CNS
1 stop10h 15mJetstar
Sat 26/1006:35CNS - AKL
2 stops27h 15mJetstar
Deal found 11/7$979

Flights to Cairns departing soon

Discover available last-minute flight options to Cairns, providing immediate availability and potentially lower prices. In the last 7 days, Cheapflights users made a total of 127,162 searches and data was last updated on 12 July 2024.
Have a look at some of the best last-minute flights available departing to Cairns. Make sure to double check the price, time, and destination to confirm all are correct.
Thu 18/707:00AKL - CNS
1 stop13h 30mJetstar
Thu 25/707:00CNS - AKL
1 stop15h 25mJetstar
Deal found 11/7$833
Thu 18/707:00AKL - CNS
1 stop13h 30mJetstar
Fri 26/706:00CNS - AKL
1 stop13h 20mJetstar
Deal found 11/7$882
Thu 18/707:00AKL - CNS
1 stop13h 30mJetstar
Thu 25/709:45CNS - AKL
2 stops22h 10mJetstar
Deal found 11/7$950
Thu 18/707:05AKL - CNS
Nonstop5h 40mMultiple Airlines
Fri 26/706:00CNS - AKL
1 stop13h 20mMultiple Airlines
Deal found 11/7$986
Thu 18/710:30AKL - CNS
2 stops13h 35mMultiple Airlines
Fri 26/706:00CNS - AKL
1 stop13h 20mMultiple Airlines
Deal found 11/7$1,035
Thu 18/707:05AKL - CNS
Nonstop5h 40mMultiple Airlines
Thu 25/706:00CNS - AKL
1 stop27h 55mMultiple Airlines
Deal found 11/7$1,056
Thu 18/720:40AKL - CNS
2 stops28h 10mJetstar
Thu 25/710:15CNS - AKL
2 stops26h 20mJetstar
Deal found 11/7$1,112
Thu 18/710:30AKL - CNS
2 stops13h 35mQantas Airways
Fri 26/706:50CNS - AKL
2 stops22h 45mQantas Airways
Deal found 11/7$1,278
Thu 18/707:05AKL - CNS
Nonstop5h 40mAir New Zealand
Thu 25/711:55CNS - AKL
Nonstop4h 40mAir New Zealand
Deal found 11/7$1,474

One-way flights to Cairns

Explore one-way flight options to Cairns for greater flexibility in your travel plans. Find up-to-date pricing and availability for one-way flights. In the last 7 days, Cheapflights users made a total of 127,162 searches and data was last updated on 12 July 2024.
These are some of the best available deals on flights to Cairns. If you're in need of a round-trip flight to Cairns instead, make sure to update the search form at the top of page.
Mon 2/907:00AKL - CNS
1 stop12h 40mJetstar
Deal found 11/7$289
Mon 16/922:30AKL - CNS
1 stop11h 55mJetstar
Deal found 11/7$349
Thu 18/707:00AKL - CNS
1 stop13h 30mJetstar
Deal found 11/7$356
Mon 2/906:15AKL - CNS
2 stops13h 25mJetstar
Deal found 11/7$418
Mon 2/908:10AKL - CNS
Nonstop5h 40mAir New Zealand
Deal found 11/7$441
Thu 18/707:05AKL - CNS
Nonstop5h 40mAir New Zealand
Deal found 11/7$507
Thu 18/707:00AKL - CNS
2 stops17h 50mJetstar
Deal found 11/7$533
Mon 16/910:30AKL - CNS
2 stops13h 25mQantas Airways
Deal found 11/7$571
Thu 18/720:40AKL - CNS
3 stops28h 10mMultiple Airlines
Deal found 11/7$677

Direct flights to Cairns

Sat 19/1007:05AKL - CNS
Nonstop5h 40mAir New Zealand
Sat 26/1010:55CNS - AKL
Nonstop4h 40mAir New Zealand
Deal found 11/7$1,038
Sat 28/907:05AKL - CNS
Nonstop5h 40mAir New Zealand
Sat 5/1010:55CNS - AKL
Nonstop4h 40mAir New Zealand
Deal found 11/7$1,652

Find flights to Cairns within your budget

Locate flights to Cairns that fit your budget, with regularly updated fares and availability. In the last 7 days, Cheapflights users made a total of 127,162 searches and data was last updated on 12 July 2024.

Fly from

Any airport

Budget

$768 - $1,474

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Departure

Return

Price

Auckland IntlCairns

AKL - CNS

AKLCNS

Auckland Intl

Wed 24/7

1 stop17h 05m

Cairns

Mon 29/7

1 stop15h 50m

$768

Auckland IntlCairns

AKL - CNS

AKLCNS

Auckland Intl

Wed 24/7

1 stop10h 15m

Cairns

Mon 29/7

Nonstop4h 40m

$797

Auckland IntlCairns

AKL - CNS

AKLCNS

Auckland Intl

Thu 18/7

1 stop13h 30m

Cairns

Thu 25/7

1 stop15h 25m

$833

Auckland IntlCairns

AKL - CNS

AKLCNS

Auckland Intl

Thu 18/7

1 stop13h 30m

Cairns

Fri 26/7

1 stop13h 20m

$882

Auckland IntlCairns

AKL - CNS

AKLCNS

Auckland Intl

Wed 24/7

1 stop21h 20m

Cairns

Mon 29/7

2 stops17h 20m

$884

Auckland IntlCairns

AKL - CNS

AKLCNS

Auckland Intl

Thu 18/7

1 stop13h 30m

Cairns

Thu 25/7

2 stops22h 10m

$950

Auckland IntlCairns

AKL - CNS

AKLCNS

Auckland Intl

Thu 18/7

Nonstop5h 40m

Cairns

Fri 26/7

1 stop13h 20m

$986

Auckland IntlCairns

AKL - CNS

AKLCNS

Auckland Intl

Thu 18/7

2 stops13h 35m

Cairns

Fri 26/7

1 stop13h 20m

$1,035

Auckland IntlCairns

AKL - CNS

AKLCNS

Auckland Intl

Thu 18/7

Nonstop5h 40m

Cairns

Thu 25/7

Nonstop4h 40m

$1,474

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Deals found on 11/7

Best time to book a flight to Cairns

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Temperature and rainfall in Cairns by month

Plan your trip to Cairns by taking into account the average temperature and rainfall totals by month.

CNS

Temperature

21 - 27 °C

If weather is an important factor for your trip to Cairns, use this chart to help with planning. For those seeking warmer temperatures, January is the ideal time of year to visit, when temperatures reach an average of 27.0 C. Travellers hoping to avoid the cold should look outside of June, when temperatures are typically at their lowest (around 21.0 C).

When is the best time to book a flight to Cairns?

Use this chart to determine the optimal time to book a return flight to Cairns. Price data was last updated on 5 July 2024.

When booking flights to Cairns, try and do so as early as possible to get the best flight deals, particularly if you are traveling during any of the Australian or New Zealand school holiday periods. Keep in mind that the winter months of June through to August are an incredibly popular time to be in the far north of Australia and cheap flights to Cairns and accommodation deals can be difficult to find.

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Users looking for the lowest fares to Cairns should consider flying on Thursday at midday, when prices are typically cheapest. Budget-minded travellers will want to avoid Saturday afternoons, when prices are usually at their highest.
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Reviews of airlines servicing Cairns

Get insights into the airlines that provide service to Cairns. Read reviews, discover amenities, and learn about the overall travel experience offered by airlines. Use this information to make informed decisions when choosing an airline for your flight to Cairns. Reviews last updated 12 July 2024.
Read reviews from past customers who have flown Qantas Airways, Jetstar and Virgin Australia to Cairns. Users have also rated airlines in terms of entertainment options, comfort, food, crew/service, and boarding process.
8.2
Very Good
572 reviews

Boarding

8.4

Food

7.6

Comfort

8.1

Entertainment

7.8

Crew

8.7

Overall

8.2

Reviews

1 / 10

Terrible. Boarding pass priority boarding. Got no service, no food which looked yucky, why seat people in first class then treat them low class?

8.2
Very Good
572 reviews
8.2
Very Good
572 reviews

Boarding

8.4

Food

7.6

Comfort

8.1

Entertainment

7.8

Crew

8.7

Overall

8.2

Reviews

1 / 10

Terrible. Boarding pass priority boarding. Got no service, no food which looked yucky, why seat people in first class then treat them low class?

7.6
Good
912 reviews
8.2
Very Good
572 reviews

Boarding

8.4

Food

7.6

Comfort

8.1

Entertainment

7.8

Crew

8.7

Overall

8.2

Reviews

1 / 10

Terrible. Boarding pass priority boarding. Got no service, no food which looked yucky, why seat people in first class then treat them low class?

6.8
Okay
595 reviews
8.2
Very Good
572 reviews

Boarding

8.4

Food

7.6

Comfort

8.1

Entertainment

7.8

Crew

8.7

Overall

8.2

Reviews

1 / 10

Terrible. Boarding pass priority boarding. Got no service, no food which looked yucky, why seat people in first class then treat them low class?

What is good to know if travelling to Cairns?

  • It may be one of Australia’s most popular tourist destinations, but a holiday in Cairns doesn’t have to be an expensive one. Here are our top tips on how to do “Cairns and Port Douglas on a Budget”
  • Drive south from Cairns for around two hours and you will get to magnificent Mission Beach, not only one of the most perfect stretches of sand in Australia, but also one of the best places to go skydiving, with the Great Barrier Reef sprawling out below you!
  • The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef system, extending north and south along the coast from Cairns, and home to an astounding diversity of marine life. For many tourists it is the main reason they visit Cairns and that’s why diving the Great Barrier Reef makes our list of “Top 20 Things to Do in Australia”.
  • Need some help choosing a dive site? We think Cod Hole on the Great Barrier Reef is up there with the best in Australia, with sightings of potato rock cod, white tip reef sharks, giant clams and moray eels.
  • When is the best time to fly to Cairns?

    Peak season Cairns has a tropical climate which is divided into a ‘wet’ and ‘dry’ season, with the peak tourist season coinciding with the ‘dry’ season and the Australian winter months of June through to August. Not only are domestic tourists heading north to escape the cold weather in the south of Australia, but many European and North American visitors arrive on their long annual vacation. Lower temperatures and humidity during this period do make sightseeing much more pleasant, however, and there is far less rainfall or chance of cyclones. In addition, there are no ‘stinger’ jellyfish in the water, meaning you can swim on the beaches and go snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef relatively care free. Off season September is a great time to visit if you want to take advantage of off season deals while the weather is still at its best, but by October things start to heat up and thunderstorms are common in the lead up to the monsoon rains. From November to May cyclones can be expected and the highest rainfall normally occurs during the Australian summer months of December through to February. The advantage of visiting during this period is not only great accommodation and flight deals, but also seeing the waterfalls and rivers of the Daintree and Cape Tribulation rainforests in all their glory, as well as fantastic white water rafting on the Tully River. Diving is also excellent on the Great Barrier at this time, with calm winds and excellent visibility. If you want to avoid the majority of the rains and the crowds, then opt to travel in April/May at the start of the ‘dry’ season when some cheap flight tickets are often found.

  • How long is the flight to Cairns?

    Flights from Auckland to Cairns – 6 hours. Flights from Christchurch to Cairns – 8 hours 25 minutes. Flights from Wellington to Cairns – 8 hours 20 minutes. Flights from Queenstown to Cairns – 9 hours 20 minutes.

  • Which airlines operate flights to Cairns?

    You can get direct flights to Cairns from Auckland with Philippine Airlines who fly the route four times a week, or opt to connect through Brisbane with Qantas or Virgin Australia who both offer onward flights to Cairns. From Christchurch and Wellington there are a number of different airline combinations to choose from, including Qantas, Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia, all of which connect through either Sydney or Brisbane. Virgin generally offers the cheapest flights to Cairns, but good deals can be found with the other airlines if you book early.

  • How to get from the airport to the city centre?

    The Cairns Airport is located around 7 kilometres to the northwest of the Cairns CBD in the suburb of Aeroglen. There is a public bus that services the airport, connecting passengers at Sheridan Street with services going both north and south, and tickets can be bought at kiosks within the airport terminal. A more expensive, but hassle-free, option is the airport shuttle bus that takes you directly to your hotel door. No pre-booking is required and you can buy your tickets at the counters located within the terminal building. The fastest, but most expensive, route into the city is with a metered taxi which depart from ranks outside the Cairns Airport terminal and will have you in the CBD in around 10 minutes. They offer wheel chair capable vehicles and electronic payment facilities, and you can either pre-book or just turn up.

  • What does CNS mean?

    CNS is a unique code, commonly called an IATA code, used in the aviation industry to identify airports. This code, along with many others, are defined by IATA (International Air Transport Association). A CNS flight refers to a flight to Cairns Airport.

  • What airport do you fly into for flights to Cairns?

    Travellers will need to book flights to Cairns (CNS) if they wish to fly to Cairns. The Cairns airport is 4.4 km from the city centre.

  • Can I find cheaper flights to Cairns if I am willing to have stopovers?

    Yes, flights with stopovers are often cheaper than direct flights. Keep an eye out for flight deals to Cairns on Cheapflights that require 1 or 2 stops for potential cost savings.

  • What is the best airline to fly to Cairns?

    Based on reviews from Cheapflights users, Jetstar is rated the highest out of the airlines that fly to Cairns.

  • What is the cheapest airport to fly to in Cairns?

    Cairns is currently the cheapest airport to fly to in Cairns. One-way flights to Cairns typically cost $203, while return flights cost around $235.

  • How much is a return flight to Cairns?

    A return flight to Cairns will typically cost around $156, however they can be found for as little as $144.

  • Where does the fastest flight to Cairns depart from?

    For those looking to save time traveling to Cairns, Auckland Intl offers the quickest one-way flight (5 hours 40 minutes).

  • Does Cairns have rental cars?

    Yes. Those touching down at Cairns can take advantage of the car hire services offered upon their arrival.

  • Are there hotels close to Cairns?

    Yes. Cairns has hotels nearby for those requiring accommodations. Homestay - Butterfly Haven is the closest property to Cairns (0.0 km away from Cairns).

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